Musing over Namespaces

Len Bullard cbullard at
Sun Dec 19 00:45:03 GMT 1999

Eiland, David wrote:
>         While the conversation has primarily focused on the Company
> (Organization) level, it is my experience working with the Fortune 500 that
> the same name is often used differently between departments/functions.  Then
> considering buying/selling of other divisions/companies that periodically
> occurs, the Namespace mechanism must be fluid.

Precisely.  Views were proposed originally with that in mind.  Consider
project as a performance in which processes are controlled via the
visibility of 
nested views.  A WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) is that.  Treat it
Each level of that organization (not really a pure nesting but for the
of discussion) has responsibilities for opening and closing processes
proving a valid performance by proving a valid deliverable.  Any systems 
engineer is familiar with the models needed.  XML is just another means
enabling a loose coupling among the systems.  

In the days when this was proposed using SGML (late eighties), there
not only concerns about the buying and selling, but organizing
across cultures as well.

The model writ large has aspects of real time systems design.


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